Industry Collaboration

The Department of Mechanical Engineering enjoys forming partnerships with local industry leaders and companies, who work with the department on student projects and research initiatives. 

How do students benefit from partnerships?

Partnerships with industry leaders allow students to apply what they learn in the classroom to solve real issues. Working on projects with professional engineers elevates students’ skills and industry knowledge, preparing them for future careers while helping them network and build relationships.

One way the Department of Mechanical Engineering uses partnerships is the Senior Design program, ME’s capstone undergraduate project. Students develop a solution to a current engineering issue, taking on roles as designers, testers and project managers. Employer sponsors, or local industry leaders, act as their clients, providing feedback and review throughout the project.

Why do industry leaders volunteer as partners?

Companies and professionals benefit from collaborating with student projects and departmental research because it allows the company to meet emerging talent and perform research about real mechanical engineering and energy issues at no cost. Past partners have included:

  • NASA
  • Halliburton
  • BS Solidworks
  • Capstone Metering
  • Anida Technologies
  • Triumph Aerostructures - Vought Aircraft Division
  • CCC Power
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Forney
  • II-VI Marlow
  • MayDay Manufacturing
  • PolyPrinter
  • Raytheon
  • Zyvex Labs
  • GE Transportation
  • Exact Exchanger Incorporated
  • Bell Helicopter
  • Peterbilt Motors Company
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Eagle’s Nest

If you are a local engineering professional or company who would like to partner with the department on a student project or research initiative, contact